Syrian Kurds, government discuss post-U.S. withdrawal
BEIRUT — Talks are ongoing between the Syrian government and Kurdish officials to reach a deal on how to fill the gap following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, a Syrian Kurdish official said Saturday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Syrian Kurdish officials have visited Russia, which is a main backer of Syria.
President Donald Trump announced in midDecember that the U.S. will withdraw all of its 2,000 forces in Syria. Trump’s move has raised fears over clearing the way for a Turkish assault on Kurdish fighters in Syria who fought alongside American troops against the Islamic State. Turkey considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, a terrorist group linked to an insurgency within its own borders.